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Components for Ocean Renewable Energy Systems

Objective

Wave Energy Convertors are at an early stage of development. First generation devices have been deployed at the shoreline and normally consist of Oscillating Water Column Systems. In order for these systems to progress towards full commercial realisation they must develop into suited to mass production. This project follows the successful FP6 funding round in which several fixed Oscillating Water Columns Wave Energy Convertors (OWC WECs) were funded at Demonstration level. These systems are now evolving from fixed to floating devices in deeper water, further offshore. This brings new challenges which this project aims to address. The project will concentrate on the development of new concepts and components for power-take-off, control, moorings, risers, data acquisition and instrumentation based on floating OWC systems. However, the components and concepts developed will have relevance to other floating device types. This project is proposed to run over 3 years. The project brings together a mix of RTD performers and SME’s selected from across the European Union for their track records, complementarity and relevant experience. The project has also enlisted the commitment of the Device Developers from the EU funded projects as Associate Partners to ensure that the project goals are both timely and relevant. The impacts of the project will be focused on reducing technical and non-technical risk in the marine environment as well as reducing the cost per kWh of generated energy. The new components and concepts will be tested on a floating OWC test platform at sea and these real, validated and verified results will be integrated into a holistic system model. This model will provide a Toolbox for wave to wire simulations of complete WEC systems.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Address

Western Road
T12 Yn60 Cork

Ireland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 685 922

Administrative Contact

M Peter Kennedy (Prof.)

Participants (12)

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THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 394 070

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 209 855

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 302 697

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 110 400

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 230 363

MARINE COMPUTATION SERVICES LTD.

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 150 216

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 127 536

KYMANER-TECNOLOGIAS ENERGETICAS LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 204 960

OCEAN ENERGY LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 297 600

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 137 400

WAVEC/OFFSHORE RENEWABLES - CENTRO DE ENERGIA OFFSHORE ASSOCIACAO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 284 880

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 313 689

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 213633

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2008

  • End date

    30 September 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 520 403,20

  • EU contribution

    € 3 449 588

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

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